Category: South Asia

NEWS ANALYSIS: Power shifts from OBCs to upper castes in Bihar after three decades

By Zafar Aga Upper Caste control of power in Bihar is the political message of the NDA victory in the Assembly election. It has ended the 30-year old dominance by OBCs in the state NEW DELHI, 11 November: Defying exit polls and the popular mood on the ground, the NDA […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: India stares at total reset of its US policy

PM Modi and President Trump in Houston on Sept 22, 2019.Photo-PIB Modi invested heavily in a relationship with Trump. That assumption took Delhi, under encouragement from Pompeo, to partake in the so-called ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’, which in turn caused a serious fracture in India’s relations with China. By M.K. Bhadrakumar,8 Nov […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: The rape of India’s dalit women is all about gender & class subordination

Women listen to the news in a village comprising mainly of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. After a 19-year-old young woman was murdered and raped in the state last month it triggered nationwide protests. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By Stella Paul HYDERABAD, India , Nov 2 2020 (IPS) – Shabnam*, a young […]

India: Interfaith couples suffer amid a growing religious divide

A jewelry advertisement in India showing a Hindu woman married into a Muslim family led to a fierce backlash from right-wing groups. But what is it like for a real interfaith couple amid rising intolerance? Sadaf has not had a proper conversation with her father for about three years now. […]

Pakistan seeks to ‘control digital media’ amid anti-government protests

Representatives of tech companies and human rights groups and civil society have expressed concerns over the Pakistani government’s plan to access users’ data and remove “objectionable” digital material. S Khan reports. Pakistani authorities earlier this month approved a draft policy, called the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020 or […]